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A gorgeous silvery-blue juniper. When mature, it makes a good privacy screen or border planting.

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Juniper 'Wichita Blue'

Beautiful Bluish-Gray Color All Year Long

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This Juniper retains its color year round, giving you an attractive plant in the dull winter months.

Wichita Blue Juniper is an excellent specimen plant. It retains its color throughout the year, no matter where you live in the country. The dusty-blue color is a standout and makes a great addition to your landscape.

This large, pyramidal formed juniper is a great plant for windbreaks, screens, and privacy hedges, or it can make a great accent plant anywhere in your garden.

Virtually maintenance-free, this juniper never requires pruning or staking up.

A strong vigorous grower, Wichita Blue Junipers will grow 12"-18" per year. It reaches a mature height of 15 feet within its first 10 years.

At Fast Growing Trees we recommend you place your juniper in an area that is well drained and receives full sun. Add some organic matter to your hole when planting, such as peat moss. When planted correctly, the Wichita Blue Juniper will delight you with brilliant color for many years to come.



Growing Zones: 3-9

Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
Mature Width: 4-6 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Slightly Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Juniperus scopulorum 'Wichita'
Does not ship to: AZ, CA
Growing Zones 3-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 3-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Juniper 'Wichita Blue'

Specific Directions for Juniper 'Wichita Blue'

Place your Juniper Wichita Blue in an area that receives at least six hours of sunlight a day. Juniper Wichita Blues can tolerate shade, but will prefer to be in full sunlight. Places your Juniper Wichita Blues about three feet apart to create a privacy screen, their foliage will quickly will in.

Juniper Wichita Blues will adapt to your natural soil as long as it's well draining but prefer sandy or loamy soils. Mix a sandy or fine potting mix in with your natural soil prior to planting your tree to give it sandier soil. After your Juniper Wichita Blue has been planted for a year give it a well balanced fertilizer at the beginning of every Spring.

Rain water should be enough for your Juniper Wichita Blue, they're very drought tolerant. Don't over water your tree! Try to Mimic your natural environment and only give your tree extra water during times of drought.

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Juniper 'Wichita Blue'.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Juniper 'Wichita Blue' gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Juniper 'Wichita Blue' again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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A most hardy, satisfying Juniper. It really, really IS blue, as in the picture, which is accurate. Mine are quite small now, but still with a perfect, tapering shape -- and growing! I'm using mine as accent specimens, not a hedge; they truly stand out. Growing zone 7
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Is this deer tolerant?
Deb D on Jun 14, 2014
Best Answer: Our street name is (appropriately named) Fawn Drive....and there are many deer around. Our Wichita Blue has not been bothered by them and continues to do well.
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Can I keep this plant from growing large I would like to have this plant on the both sides of my balcony?
Jolanta W on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: You definitely can keep them from growing large with some pruning. Does your balcony get at least a couple of hours of direct sunlight all year long? They do prefer full sun, but will tolerate sun to partial sun. Also, regardless of pruning, you're still going to need large pots for them. Hope all of this helps.
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is witchita blue juniper good under power lines?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2014
Best Answer: While the Wichita Blue Junipers I purchased are still very small, I do have a mature tree that grew in my back pasture, it is about 12 or 13 feet tall which should be below even the communication lines that share most power poles.
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Will the foliage of this blue juniper scratch my car? I need a hedge to frame the driveway entrance. It's a bit too hot here (zone 7b Charlotte, NC) for Canadian Hemlock. How about the foliage of the Spartan Juniper?
John H on Jul 7, 2014
Best Answer: Well it's hard to say, alot depends on how you trim the shrub and how much room you have to let it grow. As all things grow we trim them if you trim it so stubby branches stick out then any shrub will scratch your car. If you just let it grow and you have the room then, no, it won't harm your car. Hope this helps.
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Can these be used in wood planters for a privacy screen on a deck? Or do they do better in ground?
Athena B on Jun 18, 2014
Best Answer: I'd say ground as they can develop into a big plant but planters restrict its growth and that is true for any outdoor plant in a planter.
Reply · Report · Linda c on Jul 9, 2014
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How wide do these plants get?
I have 200 foot fence that is only four feet heigh and I would really like some privacy, so I need to know how much they spread out so that I can get enough to cover this short fence.
Della A on Jul 8, 2014
Best Answer: The Juniper 'Witchita Blues' get 4 to 6 feet wide.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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My trees are browning and slow to grow. How do I stimulate growth?
carlos p on Jul 3, 2014
Best Answer: From what I have noticed with these trees don't overwater only water every two to three days the first year only and only fertilize in the spring. You may be overwatering them that is why they are browning. That is what I did and they started to brown. They may be slow to grow because they are not in direct sun. They need direct sun to grow well. Hope this helps!
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Do the blue junipers stand up under snow or do they flatten out? Is the juniper an actual tree or shrub?
David W on Jun 26, 2014
Best Answer: They can stand up under some snow, but its they're covered by too much snow and the branches get too heavy they will droop.
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I have 5 juniper trees that grew nicely over 2 years, however, I noticed that inside branches are turning not brownish but rather orange, and drying out. I am afraid there is some kind of disease that plagued my trees. Any ideas?
Naira on Jul 26, 2014
Best Answer: You are either watering too much or not enough. It needs potassium to do well for the color, such as flower formula, not foliage formula (nitrogen).
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can it be pruned?
A shopper on Jul 9, 2014
Best Answer: It isn't a fast super grower and it grows pyramidal. It is a potassium lover so keep it away from nitrogen based fertilizers. It does fine in partial sun and full sun, depending on where you live. Keep the soil moist for it as it doesn't like soil dried out. As a new plant you won't be pruning it any time soon so if you think it will grow super fast and need trimming, it won't. I have it in good soil as I dug out the clay soil so its location is a healthy one. Our vicious winter this last round didn't help any of my plants but this one survived fine and it didn't seem bothered. I have it close to the house within 4 feet I guess. You can prune it but it doesn't need it; it holds its shape beautifully. Nice bush. The potassium enhances its colors so you can plant flowers around it easily. Nitrogen it doesn't like so avoid foliage high nitrogen fertilzers. Flower formula is high in potassium so that works great.
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do you sell smaller trees or seedlings?
Brandon V on Jul 1, 2014
Best Answer: the 1 - 2 ft size is the smallest Juniper 'Wichita Blue' that we have to offer. We don't sell seedlings.
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Is pencil point juniper plant grows well in Texas?
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Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.